THE VENICE GHETTO, 500 YEARS OF LIFE
(Il Ghetto di Venezia, 500 Anni di Vita)
(Le ghetto de Venise – Une histoire des juifs de Venise)
Director: Emanuela Giordano / Italy 2015
Production: Roberto Levi: Tangram Film (Italy),
Co-produced with Arsam International (France) and Cerigo Films (France).
In collaboration with RAI Cinema (Italy) and Toute L’Histoire TV Channel (France).
Subtitles: English, French
Length: 54 minutes
2016 was the 500th anniversary of world’s first ghetto: the Ghetto of Venice. Imaginative docu-fiction techniques bring alive the paradoxical wonders of Europe’s oldest Jewish ghetto and its integration into Italian society, in this edifying and heartwarming film.
Lorenzo a Jewish teenager, of Venetian origin, born and raised in New York, leads us in this journey, guided by his aunt and two young Venetian cousins who offer him the stimulus to enter more and more into a world unknown to him. The history of the Venice ghetto offers us an opportunity to reflect on the story of an immigration and of a slow integration, an example of the enormous wealth that the exchange of diverse cultures can give us.